One of the homes we featured last week went under contract. Here is the list of the most unique homes for sale in our area for March 6, 2020
ON A NEW HOME BUILT TO PRESERVE THE PAST
1623 Rankin Street, Wilmington
The Carolina Heights neighborhood was one of Wilmington’s first subdivisions. Most of the homes where built in the 30’s and 40’s. So, what do you do if you want to build in that neighborhood today? Well, under rules from the city’s historical preservation commission, you have to make sure the new structure fits in with the style, shape and feel of the past. That’s exactly what the designers of 1623 Rankin did. This newly constructed home offers three bedrooms, two and a half baths, in just over 1,800 square feet. You can get a sense of the past when you walk on the 12 inch wide pine floors, or sit down for breakfast at the bar featuring reclaimed wood. Still, the house offers plently of modern touches with an open floor plan, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, a large walk-in closet and tiled shower in the master suite, and an energy efficient heating and cooling system. Asking price $329,000.
ON A MODERN HOME ON FIGURE EIGHT ISLAND
521 Beach Road North, Figure Eight Island
This is a modern style home, but its story actually starts two centuries ago. In 1877 a lumber ship was lost at sea. It wasn’t found until 2015, on the very grounds that this house now stands. The wreckage served as inspiration for this home in Wilmington’s most exclusive neighborhood. The architect calls this style “Yacht Modern.” The house is built with mahogany wood, stainless steel, aluminum and impact resistant glass and has a boat theme throughout. It has four bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths in just over 4,000 square feet. In all, there are four levels each connected by floating stairs . Our favorite part is the roof top swimming pool which provides 360 degree views of Figure Eight Island. Asking price $4,850,000
This home is listed by Mark Batson, Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty
MOST EXPENSIVE HOME IN TRI-COUNTY AREA
7422 Sea Lilly Lane, Wilmington
This nearly $8 million estate is really three homes in one. The main house is the product of architect Haywood H. Newkirk. It includes a main house, guest house and a pool house. Each house features a high end kitchen along with spacious bedrooms. It’s the grounds that make this home truly unique. They include three chipping greens, a lighted basketball half court, clay tennis court, a heated swimming pool, helicopter landing pad, and a three hundred foot pier with gazebo and boat dock. Other features include a fully equipped gym, a sauna room, and a six garage stalls. In all, there are six bedrooms, seven and half bathrooms and more than 9,200 heated square feet. Asking price $7,995,000.
This home is listed by Monica Rolquin, RE/MAX Essential
LARGEST HOME IN NEW HANOVER COUNTY
100 South 3rd Street, Wilmington
The largest home for sale in the tri-county area is one you’ve probably already noticed. Maybe you’ve attended a wedding at the Greystone Inn or perhaps, even spent a night here. At the very least, maybe you’ve walked or driven by it. At 15,000 square feet the home is huge, but its appeal is also about its history. It was built at the turn of the last century for the daughter-in-law of the President of the Atlantic Coast Line Railway. No expense was spared with Indiana limestone exterior and white Italian Carrara marble in the entrance way. There are twelve bedrooms and twelve and a half baths. While the current owners have gone to great lengths to preserve the past, there are also modern conveniences, especially in the kitchen. From top to bottom, this home is filled with wow factors. Our favorites are the 14 foot Corinthian columns, the original brass wall sconces, and the grand staircase. A side note, since it has been operating as a B&B, notable guests have included Alan Alda, Dennis Hopper, Jay Leno and Tom Cruise. Asking price $2,250,000.For more information.
This home is listed by David Benford, Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty
UNIQUE DEAL ON THE LARGEST HOME ON THE CAPE FEAR RIVER
8660 River Road, Wilmington
Here’s a chance to own a large house with a lot of property. This 6,300 square foot home with five bedrooms and five and a half baths is located on nearly 8 acres. Even though it’s conveniently located between Wilmington and the beaches of Pleasure Island, when you’re on this property you get the feeling of being totally secluded. The plantation style home offers tons of southern charm with an amazing wrap-around porch that hugs the entire house, and a grand foyer that provides views of the river the moment you walk through the front door. The gourmet kitchen features a walnut raised bar, a punched tin back splash, a warming drawer and four dishwasher drawers. Other highlights include a temperature controlled wine cellar, three fire places, a morning bar in the master bedroom, plus floor to ceiling shoe storage in the master closets. Outside, you will find a 200 foot dock with 2 (12,000 and 18,000 lb) boat lifts and a gazebo, as well as a superior detached workshop with car/boat port. Asking price $3,250,000.
This home is listed by Michelle Walker Powell, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage-Midtown
ON THE LARGEST HOME IN PENDER COUNTY
122 North Shore Drive, Surf City
Many people don’t think of a large home as investment property, but this one has a proven record as an income producer. In 2019 alone, it brought in roughly $230,000 in rental fees from vacationers from all over the country. When people travel to the beach, they want to be on the ocean and it would be hard to find a home that gets closer to the water than this one. At just over 6,000 square feet, this home offers 10 bedrooms, each with its own en suite bath. There’s also an open floor plan on the main level that combines a large kitchen and dining area with an ample sized living room. Other features include a billiards room, 18 seat movie theater, and an elevator. The main attraction, of course, is found outside. The multiple level decks offer an ocean facing grill, a splash pool and a hot-tub at roof level. Asking price is $2,550,000.
This home is listed by Nick Phillips, Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty
ON THE LARGEST HOME ON THE MARKET IN LANDFALL
1130 Pembroke Jones
If you’re one for celebrity name dropping, then you will like this fact: both Emeril Lagasse and Giada De Laurentiis have prepared meals in this home’s kitchen. You don’t have to be a celebrity chef to appreciate the Wolf six-burner gas cook-top, a Sub Zero Refrigerator and all the bells and whistles of a top of the line gourmet kitchen. The rest of the house is equally impressive. At 9,719 square feet, it is the third largest property currently on the market in New Hanover County. The house features five bedrooms and seven and a half baths spread out over four floors, with elevator service to each level. In our opinion, the best part is the incredible views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Wrightsville Beach and Figure Eight Island. The house is being sold with a 28′ boat slip on the ICWW. It also offers a three-car garage, a game room, home theater and 3,000 square feet of deck space. Asking price $3,000,000.For more information.
This home is listed by Michael Nelson, Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty
491 Deep Water Drive
Located on the Lockwood Folly River, this European style home has so many bells and whistles that it’s impossible to cover them all. To start, it has one of our all time personal favorite kitchens featuring three stoves and two large islands (one with a butcher’s block for preparation, the other with a granite counter top for cooking.) The house measures just under 7,000 square feet with four bedrooms, six full baths and two half baths. There are a lot of “his and her” features. Like his and her’s offices, walk-in-closets in the master, and sun rooms. Other features include a koi pond surrounded by exquisite landscaping; a custom painted fireplace; an interior wet-bar with refrigerated drawers; silk padded walls in the dinning room; a powder room with Italian onyx sinks, floors and wainscoting; a master shower with 8 body massage heads; stainless steel pool; ipe wood decks; hurricane resistant windows (up to 150 mph); a private dock with a hydraulic boat lift and much, much, more. Plus the home is located in Winding River Plantation which offers more than the standard amenities of a typical planned community. In our opinion, this property is not only unique, but with an asking price of $1,250,000, we think it’s also a good deal.
This home is listed by Pam Lawerence and Blaney Williams, RE/MAX Southern Coast Realty
212 Water Street
What you’re looking at in this photo is the back of the largest home currently on the market in Wrightsville Beach. This home has its own private dock on the Intracoastal Waterway with four separate boat slips. That is just one of the perks you will find in this 6,000 square foot, five bedroom, five and a half bath beauty. The owners have done a lot of updating including a new roof, new paint inside and out, new maple hardwood floors, new cabinet doors in the kitchen, new carpet in the bedrooms, new ramp and floating dock, new lower decking, and new front door. The house also has a whopping six air conditioning units, two for each floor. Each of those units are between four and five years old. Inside, you will love the wall to wall and floor to ceiling windows in the main living area, and outside you will love the three decks, gazebo and crows nest which provides 180 degree views of Banks Channel and the ICWW. Asking price $3,590,000.For more information.
This home is listed by Marcello Calvia, Intracoastal Realty
108 Ann Street
This townhome has everything you need and nothing you don’t. At only 1200 square feet, it was designed to make the most of every inch. The downstairs has an open floor plan. In recent years, the current owners have updated the kitchen and the main living area. There’s a gas fire place, a computer nook, and a balcony on the first level. The two bedrooms are located upstairs with access to a small second balcony off the master. In our opinion, the best part of this property is its location near the heart of downtown. It’s only two blocks from the river, and only three blocks from the intersection of Market and Front. Other perks include a small fenced court yard, and a garage big enough for one large vehicle or two compacts. Asking price $389,000.For more information.
This home is listed by Becky Filer, Century 21 Sweyer & Associates